Ebola Taking a Toll on Energy and Agriculture Conferences

By D.A. Barber, 11:27am AFKI Original

The Ebola outbreak has been taking its toll on many highly anticipated conferences — even in countries where no case of Ebola has occurred. The good news is that on Oct. 20 the World Health Organization officially declared that Nigeria is now Ebola free, meaning most of the planned conferences in that country are still a go. Nevertheless, many other up-coming energy and agriculture conferences you may have read about here at AFKInsider have recently announced postponements or re-locations. In many cases

Finding Fela: Femi Kuti Talks Following In His Father’s Footsteps [Part 3 of 3]

By Makula Dunbar, 01:14pm AFKI Original

In part three of AFKInsider‘s interview with musician Femi Kuti and Stephen Hendel, executive director of the documentary “Finding Fela,” they talk about Fela’s political edge as it relates to the film’s story. Although the doc hit select theaters this summer, it’s still circulating across the U.S. Watching it you’ll learn in-depth about Fela’s struggle to challenge the government and politics in Nigeria. You’ll also learn more about his extended family and expectations, which his son details in our interview.

African Agriculture: The Problem Of Volatility By Anna B. Wroblewska, 01:24am AFKI Original

Volatility in African agriculture prices is practically a given. “Ninety-six percent of the crops in Africa are rain-dependent — so you get no rains at all, you get no crop,” says Edward George head of group research at Ecobank. In good years, then, prices drop, and in bad years they surge.

Africa National Team Power Rankings By Maher Mezahi, 03:38pm

Two-thirds of 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying has been played. So just months before proceedings kick-off in Morocco, AFKSports presents a power rankings of African National Teams. These rankings are based on recent results and squad strength and will surely adjust as teams progress and regress.

10 Reasons An American Would Be Happy Living In South Africa

Thinkstock By Julia Austin, 04:16pm AFKI Original

If you’re an American nomad, always looking to test your ability to acclimate to a new setting, South Africa should be your next stop. It’s just different enough to be an adventure, but also has many cultural and practical

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    Four Easy Weekend Getaways From Accra By Karen Elowitt, 05:01am

    If you’re based in Accra and can only get out of the city on weekends, don’t worry — there are actually quite a few options available to you. Here are four suggestions for easy weekend getaways from Accra, all of which can be accessed by either tro-tro (shared mini-bus) or taxi (if you don’t have a private vehicle). Even better, all the following destinations can be reached within two to two-and-a-half hours, and much less in some cases.

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    Guide To Rural Ghana: What You Need To Know Before You Go

    rural ghana By Karen Elowitt, 07:00pm

    When a good friend of mine, Laylaa, returned from doing field research in a small, low income area called Nii Boi Town (near La Paz in the capital Accra), I was interested to hear what she had experienced, and how as a tourist, she adapted to the Ghanaian way of life. To my surprise, her experience was nothing like what I had imagined the country to be like. I sat down with her and got the inside scoop on her experience of the poorer, more rural Ghana — a place she describes at the authentic Ghana. She not only gave me great advice for a trip to the country, but also amazing insight.

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    Sanlam Namibia Progresses With Point Of Sales Service

    Thinkstock By Makula Dunbar, 05:30pm

    In an effort to provide additional convenience to its clients, Sanlam Namibia Holdings officially began using a point of sales (PoS) system at its branches in Windhoek, Oshakati, Walvis Bay and Ondangwa and with its mobile van. Sanlam initiated an agreement with Bank Windhoek for the purpose of accepting and processing Visa/MasterCard transactions that will enable Visa/MasterCard payments from its clients.

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    New Tanzania Constitution To Be Debated At April 2015 Referendum

    Thinkstock By Makula Dunbar, 05:17pm

    Tanzania will hold a referendum in April on a new constitution, its Attorney-General said on Wednesday, angering opposition parties which boycotted the drafting process and reject the draft charter. The row over the new constitution, which would replace one passed in 1977 when the east African Tanzania was under one-party rule, risks intensifying political divisions ahead of elections next year.

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    DRC Rape Crime Doctor Receives EU Human Rights Prize

    Photo: Congo Connect YouTube Interview Snapshot By Makula Dunbar, 05:03pm

    Doctor Denis Mukwege won the European Parliament’s prestigious Sakharov human rights prize on Tuesday for his work in helping thousands of gang rape victims in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Parliament president Martin Schulz announced the award for Mukwege, who has previously been tipped several times for the Nobel Peace Prize,

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    Royal Dutch Shell Completes Onshore Oil Block Sale In Nigeria

    Thinkstock By Makula Dunbar, 04:37pm

    Royal Dutch Shell has concluded the sale of its four Nigerian onshore oil blocks – Oil Mining Leases (OML) 18, 24, 25 and 29 – in addition to the Nembe Creek Trunk Line (NCTL) – which it put up for sale following a 2013 review of its business in the country. In an effort to reduce its exposure to onshore operations, which are more prone to security threats, Shell is divesting 30 per cent of its interest in the four blocks

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    Fun Things To Do In Prince Albert

    Karoo Desert National Botanic Garden By Karen Elowitt, 10:30am

    The tiny Karoo town of Prince Albert is a favorite country destination in South Africa: it has bucketloads of charm, gorgeous Victorian architecture, fabulous restaurants and fresh produce, eccentric and friendly locals and wonderful accommodation options, from stylish cottages to quirky guesthouses. For a small place, there’s a surprising amount of things to do, from botany walks to ghost tours, cooking classes to wine tasting – you really are spoiled for choice.

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    Seven Things Nobody Tells You About Going On Safari By Karen Elowitt, 06:00pm

    You’ve seen the David Attenborough nature documentary, bought a pair of binoculars that cost more than an entry level car, and you’ve had all your shots. Now you’re ready to go on safari. But there are some things no one tells you. For example, There is no need to look like an extra from Out of Africa, and it can get really cold, so bundle up! You might strike it lucky and see the Big Five, but maybe not – and you might see something sad and depressing, like an animal that was recently killed by poachers.

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